In this borderless age, with the world becoming smaller and smaller, local events become international news, and international news has influence on a local level.

Shinano Mainichi Shimbun newspaper uses an informative network comprising twin head offices in Nagano City and Matsumoto City, and 25 branches in Nagano Prefecture, Tokyo and other parts of Japan to provide extensive coverage of important relevant issues and events.

Among Japan's local papers, Shinano Mainichi Shimbun is unique in that it researches and writes its own stories and editorials on international events. This is a product of the days when Nagano Prefecture's most important industry was local silk production and people needed to stay abreast the worldwide silk market trends that had such a direct effect on their lives. In postwar Nagano, the precision machinery and electrical appliance industries became the prefecture's industrial mainstays, and Shinmai, in response, further increased its coverage of international trends and events.

In 1991, Shinmai began an exchange project with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri), one of America's most influential newspapers, founded in 1878 by Joseph Pulitzer, who established the prize that today is awarded to the world's best reporters and journalists. Through this project, Shinmai runs articles presenting the lives and opinions of rural Americans, while the Post-Dispatch carries editorials and other articles taken from Shinmai.

In addition, 30 writers throughout the world provide the newspaper with original stories and editorials on international events.

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